Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Lovegrass) flowering

Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Love Grass)

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Commonly called purple love grass, Eragrostis spectabilis is a warm season perennial grass. Native to North America and commonly found in sand fields, roadsides, and in woodland areas, love grassspreads slowly by rhizomes and self-seeds. Showy, and low growing making a stunning statement in the late season with blooms turning a soft, reddish-purple color creating an airy cloud that covers the grass clump and raises overall height to 24" when in full bloom.

Best used in borders and mixed gardens as a low growing plant, an alternative to use in areas where it is difficult to grow turf, especially in sandy soils with less to moderate foot traffic. Used in low-maintenance, sustainable landscapes, container plantings, and pollinator gardens as, although it's a grass, it is a valuable host plant for the Zabulon Skipper butterfly.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., Straight Species, and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Wildlife, Attracts Pollinators, Fall Color, Winter Interest, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, and Lawn Alternative
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, and Salt Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Rock Garden, Container, and Small Space

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